With school starting back this week, I am in full-on organizing mode. I am naturally an organized person, but I am always looking for ways to make my family's life easier and keep track of our schedule, bills, keys, etc. Our house was built in the 1960's and has a desk nook in the kitchen. My husband wants to get rid of it, but for the time being it does serve a purpose as a handy dumping ground for my purse, keys, mail, and houses our "junk drawer."
My goal was this make this area less cluttered and more functional. You can see where the previous owners had some kind of picture hanging there and then there is the hideous landline outlet.
I purchased a hanging pocket organizer for less than $10 from Thirty-One last year when they were having a clearance sale. This is perfect for storing bills, paperwork to be signed, appointment cards, and other things that need to be taken care of.
I also wanted some type of dry-erase board where I could write reminders or notes. I found a great idea on Pinterest where you could use a frame and write on the glass. I already had a cheap, black 8x10 frame that I spray painted with Rust-Oleum metallic silver. (left over from other projects) I also had some cork contact paper, left over from my medicine cabinet makeover, that I adhered to the cardboard piece inside the frame, for a unique background for the dry-erase board.
While I had the paint out, I taped off the top half of a mason jar and painted it for some decorative storage for our rubber bands.
While at the Haven conference, we assembled a mini chalkboard kit from Crates & Pallet in the Ryobi session. This was the perfect piece to hang our keys on (which we always seem to be looking for!) I gave it a coat of paint, using Valspar English Tea Party, left over from my nightstand makeover. It matches the color of the organizer perfectly!
I found a cute, (Aff link) wooden mail organizer on clearance for $8 at TJ Maxx, which I am using to hold larger paper items, like folders, pictures, and school papers.
For less than $20, and using materials I already had on hand, I was able to make an awkward area of our kitchen more functional for the entire family!
Do you have a command center? If so, what is your must have item to keep you organized?